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Can we make a list of the "MODs" for our trucks?

OK So Im browsing through the forums all of Saturday night and most of today so far, my days off...anyway I see people listing all sorts of "MODs" to their trucks but can only find out how to do about HALF of them!!!!


Here are some I've heard of but what exactly it is is elusive.

A/C Mod
Blinker Mod
Lowered Seat Mod
ABS Mod (Pretty much have that one figured out)
Oil Gauge Mod
Throttle Mod

I'm sure theres lots more, Ive seen the EATC mod and the steering wheel thing and the Keyless entry thing too. Perhaps we can start a new category or you can just point me in the right direction...some of these things SOUND so damned cool but I dont KNOW what it is!


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A/C Mod
Member SilverTank has you covered there. I've done this and it's possibly the best mod for my truck. I farkin' hated the way Ford had the controls set up from the factory!
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My cardomain site has many of the how-to's in it. I'm the originator of several mods and they are documented there, on generation-edge.com, rangeredge.com, here, and some other places.

There's a link to my cardomain site in my signature. It's 24 pages though -- 6 of them for the EATC alone!

Edit: Oh by the way, do NOT do the throttle cable mod unless you need it. If your throttle opens all the way, you DON'T need it. It can result in overly stressed throttle cables and premature cable failure.

1/2 shafting of the throttle body is covered adequately on http://www.rogueperformance.com
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Member SilverTank has you covered there. I've done this and it's possibly the best mod for my truck. I farkin' hated the way Ford had the controls set up from the factory!
thats a new one for me even... my bronco II and my 92 ranger both had that and i missed it on my 02... may have to do that sometime soon
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FYI: if you do the EATC mod you can incorporate it into the EATC so you can override it from there, making a separate switch unnecessary.
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Seems like a lot of work to disable the AC.. But yeah, I suppose yer right..
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lol! Yes, I wouldn't do it all for THAT reason alone, that's for sure -- too much work. Most of the work is locating everything for a reasonable price!
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A mod I didn't see on your list was the OHC from an exploder. I know there is a great how-to on this in Mr Griggs cardomain. Thats where I got all my information.
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i never knew of the AC mod.. seems simple and worth while.. i think im gonna try it.. first gotta find a stock looking AC switch to use.. maybe from another Ford somewhere..
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When Christian gets back from vacation bug him to get the How To's set up... (I'v got lots of stuff ready, just waiting on him to get me set up on a couple things)
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Anyone knows where can I get info about the Oil Gauge Mod? Looks like it was on the GE Foruns, but it is extinct by now.

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no it wasnt there, or atleast recently. i think they just ment changing out the temp sensor and marking the actual temps on the gauge to make it less dummylike. at least thats what i remember.
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The lowered seat mod is just cutting the metal that the seat sits on to make it sit lower.
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a good mod for me is sell it

acully I should set up one for installing the KC roof bar...
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Anyone knows where can I get info about the Oil Gauge Mod? Looks like it was on the GE Foruns, but it is extinct by now.

Thanks!
There never was a How-to published for the oil pressure gauge mod on a late model Ranger. Here is a short explanation of what is involved:

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Using the factory on/off pressure switch, the 2003-back oil pressure "gauge" (analog idiot light) is wound so it reads about 40% of full scale when grounded. If you try to use a variable resistance sending unit with this gauge, it can only read a fraction of that, restricting the needle movement to the very bottom of the scale.

So, I swapped in a 95 Ranger gauge segment, the only year that fits the 95~2003 cluster AND is a real gauge. But there is another problem. The original Ford sending unit from 1995 is very large and won't fit the 4.0L SOHC without remote mounting it. After a lot of searching, a G-E member found a Chrysler sending unit that will fit into the confined area near the 4.0L SOHC block BUT the pressure/resistance curve of that SU is way off for for the 95 Ranger gauge.

Here is the slender Chrysler sending unit and connector that will (barely) fit into the restricted area of the 4.0 SOHC block:





To make the 95 gauge work with the sending unit that would fit, I had to change the calibration resistor. This allows the gauge to register about 25~60% of full scale under normal oil pressure.




I made up this test rig to choose the calibration resistor value. There is the gauge, sending unit, 12V battery pack, variable resistance and a 0~100 PSI pressure regulator (not shown).









After this, it was just a matter of adjusting the needle to a reasonable position that would still allow it to return to zero when off.

As a bonus, the Chrysler sending unit assembly contains both an on/off pressure switch AND a variable resistance sending unit. To take advantage of this, I wired up a latching circuit using the on/off switch, a relay and a small Sonalert annunciator. It arms as soon as the start position of the ignition switch is selected. There is an immediate beeping alarm if the oil pressure goes away after that as long as the ignition switch remains on.

It has been correctly pointed out that it is more straightforward and probably easier to install a calibrated aftermarket gauge instead. I just did it on mine to see if it could be done.
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Thanks man!

Now I am gonna looking for some older rangers on junkyards!
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i never knew of the AC mod.. seems simple and worth while.. i think im gonna try it.. first gotta find a stock looking AC switch to use.. maybe from another Ford somewhere..
Mine was supposed to look stock, but the plastic switch I purchased broke on assembly. It was a beautiful square lighted Radio Shack switch, but it had plastic threads and a plastic retaining nut.

So.. Mark and I headed to Home Despot and found a nice all steel switch. It's very rugged, and is rated for a ton of amps. So far, it's been rock solid reliable. Plus, no one messes with it, since it looks so obviously "non-stock".
When asked about it, I say "go ahead and try it". So far, no one has.
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i want this mod...

on my dads sport trac, when you put it from park to drive, and pull forward a bit, the doors automatically lock...

think anyone could figure that out?
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i want this mod...

on my dads sport trac, when you put it from park to drive, and pull forward a bit, the doors automatically lock...

think anyone could figure that out?
That feature is probably in our CSM already but not wired or flashed at end-of-line for the Ranger/Mazda.
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anyone care to resurrect how to do the abs disable mod?
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anyone care to resurrect how to do the abs disable mod?
https://www.ranger-forums.com/forum2...&highlight=abs
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^^^my thanks to you.
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That feature is probably in our CSM already but not wired or flashed at end-of-line for the Ranger/Mazda.
Am I the only one that has a fully functional Sporttrac CSM installed in a Ranger?
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Am I the only one that has a fully functional Sporttrac CSM installed in a Ranger?
I reflashed my Ranger CSM to Sport Trac spec - equivalent to yours, I think.
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?????

what does that mean? u flashed it?

i'm an idiot! help! haha
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